Welcome to the Blakedown & Hagley Branch of The Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion is the UK's largest and foremost Armed Forces charity, looking after those who have served from World War Two to the current conflict in Afghanistan. Everyone currently serving, and all those who have ever served, and their families, may be eligible for our support. We aim to be the number one provider of welfare, comradeship, representation and Remembrance for the Armed Forces Community. Welfare is at the heart of everything the Legion does.
Blakedown and Hagley is currently the fastest growing small Branch (out of over 1500 nationally) in the whole of the UK. We have been awarded the Jellicoe Cup for 2013 as winners of a national Legion cup competition, presented annually to the UK Branch with the most improved membership over the previous 3 years.
The Branch has also won the inaugural Ken Draper Cup this year for the Worcestershire County Branch increasing its membership by the largest percentage over the last 12 months.
The current Chairman of the Branch is Peter Hollis. When he was elected in November 2010, the Branch had just over twenty Members, with an average age of 78 years. The branch now has nearly 100 members, and is currently the fastest growing small Branch at both national and county level.
Since his election, he has led a vigorous recruitment drive in an attempt to recruit Members from across all the generations in the Community. He has emphasised that the Legion is fundamentally the country's largest and most effective military charity; stressing the word 'charity'. He hopes that many of the new Members will fundraise and become involved with Branch activities and social events, but accepts that in our modern society, some will not want to get involved other than on a subscription-only basis. Their Membership subscriptions are vital to the well-being of the Legion. The future of the Branch looks very positive indeed because of this progressive approach to recruiting.
Membership of The Royal British Legion is fully inclusive and open to everyone. You do not need to have served in the military. The Branch is looking for new Members to enable it to remain viable and continue the work it does in raising funds for The Poppy Appeal. The annual subscription fee is £13, which entitles you to six bi-monthly copies of The Legion magazine, and many other benefits, including a free Membership badge, provided by the Branch itself as part of a welcome pack. The Branch hopes that you will join the charity and affiliate to us as your local Branch. It will encourage you to get involved in fundraising for The Poppy Appeal and join in our limited calendar of social events, but it willingly accepts 'dormant', subscription-based Members, who resonate with the ethos behind the charity, but do not want to get directly involved. You can do as much or as little as you like. Your subscription is vital as it underpins the work done through The Poppy Appeal welfare funding. Youth membership is also available for those aged between 12 and 16 years inclusive for a one-off payment of £5.
Join online https://selfservice.britishlegion.org.uk/
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For further information, a detailed fact sheet or Membership application form, please contact Peter Hollis, the Branch Chairman, online (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone 01562 886556.
If you wish to contact us or to report any inaccuracies or omissions on this site, please email Mrs Kay Hollis (email@example.com)
About The Royal British Legion
Founded in 1921, and having just celebrated its 90th Birthday, The Legion spent £90 million in 2011 on health and welfare. Last year, The Poppy Appeal raised over £36 million and 44 million people wore the red poppy. The Legion is the nation's Custodian of Remembrance, with Her Majesty The Queen as Patron, responsible for the annual ceremony at The Cenotaph in Whitehall and the Festival of Remembrance at The Royal Albert Hall. The Legion is also the parent charity at The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire
Visit www.britishlegion.org.uk for details of our national initiatives.